For the last couple of years I have been in a transitional emancipatory state in my life, in terms of relationships, career, family, and geographical location. It’s a time of growth and transition. I feel like I’ve commenced a new evolutionary stage of my life. Being happy, living a good life, having fun.
I grew up in Canberra. I’m from a really big family, one of eight children. I moved to Brisbane after I completed university in 2006 with my daughter—to be on my own, be independent and to travel. After seven years I had an epiphany about coming back to be closer to my family, and moved back just under two years ago. I’m really enjoying being reconnected even though it is challenging at times.
I really love Canberra in certain ways and I’ve really been able to see it through fresh eyes. I think the best thing about being a women in Canberra is that women are potentially more emancipated because they’re more likely to be highly educated than in other parts of Australia, and education places women at an advantage.
We also have a really good lifestyle in Canberra. My perfect day would be a picnic in a park with friends and family. Maybe near the carillon, hearing the carillon sing is quite beautiful. A spring day with the promise of summer; the promise of new life. Being in a nice bar with a fire—or a fake fire and a wine while watching the sun go down as the night begins to chill.
It’s hard to think of things that are hard about being a woman in Canberra because compared to other parts of the world, there are great distinctions here. To generalise, women are disadvantaged and there’s a lack of equity, even though the divide is less so in Canberra. There is still an unequal divide of household labour and pay gaps.
For me personally, and I think for many women, is the juggle that is the dream of having it all. There’s plenty of really smart women in Canberra who seek to be great mums and be there for their kids, but who also want to be career driven and are passionate about the work that they do.
Canberra’s a really easy city to live in. Canberra really is the bush capital. I live in a 10 minute walk to a reserve. If you are into the outdoors and love nature, it is a really beautiful place to live and exercise. The weather can be a bit difficult, but you acclimatise. As you see the change in seasons from spring to autumn there’s a real beauty and connection to the cycle of life. You miss it when you live in a place that doesn’t have deciduous trees.
My favourite things are my dog, my partner, my daughter, my family, my friends. Connection. The people I connect with make my world. Being close to nature and spirituality are also incredibly important.
Image created by Nicole Zimmermann